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Goal Update: March 2022
This is my first time reporting on the progress of my yearly goals. I've never spent so much time on goal setting and reflection, nor I have given it a structure. Oh, and I've never shared them publicly before 🤔.
Here are the results from March 2022.
Wellness / Happiness
- Complete at least 720 minutes of exercise or higher per month.
I logged 30 workouts this month for a duration of 1,344 minutes of exercise. Most of these minutes were spent biking.
4 full-body strength training sessions per month using Apple Fitness +
- I completed two Apple Fitness+ strength sessions. In addition, I added some weight work while spinning on the indoor trainer.
4 yoga sessions per month via Apple Fitness +
- Not good. I only logged one session with Apple Fitness yoga instructor Jessica.
Log at least 120 mindful minutes each month. This can be a combination of Apple Fitness + meditations, Journaling (DayOne), and the Calm app.
- I completed 160 mindful minutes. I have never journaled so many days in a month.
Move closer to a Mediterranean style of eating.
- I'm struggling with this one. Traveling to Arkansas on Spring Break didn't help. The mountain biking was amazing, however. I'm now back on track for the most part.
Complete at least 30 journal entries per month using the Dayone app.
- I easily completed this goal for the month. Between the Homework for Life and #TeacherWins I'm well over 30 entries. I also took my time to document our family Spring Break adventure.
Education / Teaching Career
Record my #TeacherWins at least 4 out of five teaching days (80%)
- Done. I'll be sharing them in the next few days.
Write and share at least two Teacher Pep Talks per month.
Another success. Here they are.
Read at least two education/teaching books this year and write a book summary blog post on each.
- I'm counting Storyworthy* by Matthew Dicks as both an education and personal development book. I really enjoyed it. I've now given myself Homework for Life. I started the book summary.
Share at least four education resource posts per month
- Complete. Here are the recent education-related posts.
Add at least 12 new resources to my subscriber database.
- Done and then undone. I added resources including some affiliate links. Then I learned more about affiliate link disclosure for Amazon and had to make some changes which meant pulling some of the resources. Lesson learned. Now I'm building again. I worked on this page which should reveal the database to subscribers.
Read four personal development books per year and write a book summary blog post on each.
- I'm counting Storyworthy* by Matthew Dicks as both an education and personal development book. I really enjoyed it. I've now given myself Homework for Life.
- I'm also re-reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Now that I've experienced Readwise I want to go back and take more detailed notes. It's such a great idea. Each day I get a "daily briefing" with highlights from the books I've read. If you use this link you'll get a free month. It's worth testing it out.
Record "Homework for Life" at least five days per week.
- Yes, and I'm enjoying this one.
Write at least 12 blog posts sharing what I learned from watching a video or listening to a podcast (Yearly).
- Complete - I'm on track for the year. I've learned about Eating the Frog, how nervous systems communicate, and more.
Family and Friends
Connect with my close family at least once per week.
- I make calls to my brother and Dad on Sundays.
Connect with a friend at least once per week - lunch, phone, exercise, pub, etc.
- I can't believe how hard this one has become. Luckily I teach with a good friend and we have lunch together about three days per week. If it wasn't for this I'd have no social life at all. Life is all of the sudden very busy. Things will loosen up when school is over.
Dreams, Retirement, and Money Stuff
Learn about Twitter and be useful in that space. Follow five interesting people and grow my following by five people. This is the only goal I am not in complete control of. We'll see what happens.
- I think what I've learned is participation matters. I've tried out a few Twitter chats, shared more regularly, and followed more than five interesting people. I also have 46 more followers. Here is my profile page.
Take a picture of each house I paint and post it to Instagram and Twitter. Invest at least three hundred dollars of painting income (Summertime Painting Goal) into my Robinhood account.
- This goal is for the summer.
Publish at least two newsletters per month
- Done. It's been renamed T.G.I.F.
Create at least two YouTube videos per month - step out of comfort zone
- Yes. I learned how to make Shorts. I'm counting them. I'm not great at these...yet.
Learn more about cryptocurrency. Document my progress.
- I've been learning and taking the quizzes at Coinbase. I've invested in a few coins. I managed to lose some money. Most of the articles I've read cautioned to not invest any money in crypto that you're not prepared to lose. I'm glad I listened.
Continue to learn more about investing in the stock market. Share what I learn in a blog post. Track and record dividends in the process.
- I feel good about this goal. I have a good investing habit going and will continue. I think I may remove this goal from the list.
Purchase a camper and take at least three family vacations.
- This is exciting. I'm in the research phase. In April the hunt will begin.
Reflect on these goals and share once per month.
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